Conciseness is the sister of talent.
If I had listened to the critics I'd have died drunk in the gutter.
I try to catch every sentence, every word you and I say, and quickly lock all these sentences and words away in my literary storehouse because they might come in handy.
People are far more sincere and good-humored at speeding their parting guests than on meeting them.
If you cry ''Forward'' you must be sure to make clear the direction in which to go. Don't you see that if you fail to do that and simply call out the word to a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in precisely opposite directions?
It seemed that the next minute they would discover a solution. Yet it was clear to both of them that the end was still far, far off, and that the hardest and most complicated part was only just beginning.
When a woman isn't beautiful, people always say, 'You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair.'.
Any idiot can face a crisis, it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.
The secret of boring people lies in telling them everything.
Only he is an emancipated thinker who is not afraid to write foolish things.
Medvienko: Why do you always wear black? Masha: I am in mourning for my life. I am unhappy.
acquaintance, next a mistress, and only then a friend.
Liubov Andreevna: Are you still a student? Trofimov: I expect I shall be a student to the end of my days.
The personal life of every individual is based on secrecy, and perhaps it is partly for that reason that civilized man is so nervously anxious that personal privacy should be respected.
An artist's flair is sometimes worth a scientist's brains.
An artist must only judge what he understands; his field is just as restricted as any other specialists.